The Past 8 Weeks.

Man, it’s been a LONG LONG LONG time, you guys. A long time. Where have I been? Well, a lot of the usual places. School, my home, my bed, crossfit, my school’s gym. So why haven’t I been posting? That is a very simple answer with a very complicated backstory! Read on for the longest explanation ever. Spoiler alert: there’s blood, bones, injury, emotion, and a shitload of photos, after the break!

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Back to the Grind…on Vacation!

I went and saw an amazing orthopedic surgeon for my shoulder on Wednesday. His name is Dr. James Gasho and he is located in Chevy Chase, MD. I can’t say enough great things about him. He tested a bunch of ranges of movement, and at the very end, without any feeling around, pushed his index finger right into my shoulder and pinpointed the EXACT location of the pain. I couldn’t even tell you exactly where it was located, after having it for four days. It was amazing, but also made me squirm in utter pain. The verdict? An inflamed rotator cuff (no tear, whew!!) and some extra-strength anti-inflammatory pills. Avoid a few certain movements, but other than that I am okay to keep working out. I just need to keep listening to my body, and if something hurts I need to back off.

I also had a chance to ask about my other shoulder from the AC injury I had in the beginning of the year. It turns out I must have injured the joints at both ends of my right clavicle, because where my collar bone connects with my sternum will click with certain rotations now, and protrudes slightly more than the left side. He felt the clicking and poked around at the spot, and said it would only be a mild annoyance, and was nothing to worry about. He said it’s a strong joint, and will probably always be a little sore on and off, but that the best thing for it is to leave it the hell alone.

I seriously can’t say enough good things about him and his practice. The office was laid back but professional, and very to-the-point. He had gotten hung up with an older couple earlier in the morning, so the wait was a little longer than I would have liked, but that’s almost to be expected these days.

In other news, this morning I took my final exam for the second class of my summer semester, and Tyler and I headed down to the beach! I can’t wait to get back into Crossfit Carteret and take Tyler!! We’re planning lots of Crossfit, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, and tons of other exciting activities, so this will definitely be an action-packed ten days!!! Now that I have the okay to go back to working out finally, expect normal WOD posts and pictures! I’m even going to try to get some video this week!

Rest Week and Friday 7/6 WOD at PCF

I decided to take some time off to let my calves/possible shin splints cool off a little bit. It seems like every WOD I did while at the beach included either double unders or running, so they have been feeling extra-strained. That, coupled with the holiday yesterday and wanting to spend all of my free time with my man after being away for so long, made for the perfect rest period that flew by. I’m aware of the slight soreness in my left inner calf after doing things as simple as climbing stairs or walking for longer than 5 minutes at a time, so I have a feeling that side is going to be a problem.

I went into Patriot Crossfit in Arlington today, and got a chance to talk to my favorite trainer, Erika, about my shins. She said that the location I’m having issues with is due to double unders, and to just be smart about it and we can work around them in the upcoming week or so. Also, she said to be careful with the lunges in today’s WOD, and to consider doing them at bodyweight instead of with a 35lb kettlebell, as prescribed. This was a hard decision, because I knew that I am capable of doing them with the KB, but in the warmup we did lunges with a 35lb bar racked on our back and that felt slightly nasty on my calves once I started to get a little tired.


Work up to one heavy set of 5 deadlifts, adding 5-10lbs from last week: 135lbs. I could not get 140 off the ground, let alone my normal 5rep max of 145, to save my life. Disappointing, but after a week of rest and almost 2 weeks from doing any deadlifts at all, I guess it’s not too surprising. Hoping by next week I’ll be back to 145, and by the following I’ll be able to push up to 150.

WOD for Time: 10:48

  • 1000m Row
  • 50 35lb KB Lunges
  • 50 35lb KB Swings

That was my first time rowing 1000m! I kept a very steady pace and was extremely pleased with how good I felt once I hit 750m, and powered through the last 250m with no problem. My rowing form has improved exponentially and I don’t hate it anymore! Yay! I finished the row in 4:28, which is really awesome and I’m super proud of that. I started the lunges with the kettlebell and after the first 5 my left leg started aching. I briefly considered dropping down to a 20lb dumbell, but decided that I should listen to Erika and just go body weight. They were still rough and my legs feel completely toasted, but I’m still a little bitter I didn’t go for it. Then, I moved onto my first time doing full American KB swings at 35lbs since hurting my back. I did the first 25 in that style, then dropped down to Russians for the last 25, really focusing on speed bringing the kettlebell back down. I figured that it would be better to not go balls out and try to do 50 unbroken American KB swings my first time back at them, for fear of injury again, but I’m very pleased that I was able to knock out both sets of 25 unbroken. This workout was up and down, but I had a lot of small victories so I can’t let the small disappointments bring me down!!